Andreas Woschek

Andreas Woschek

Executive Vice President Chemicals

VAM

Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is a versatile product found in many objects in our daily lives – from composite safety glass right through to flip flop sandals. HELM is one of the leading suppliers of VAM worldwide.

Description

Vinyl acetate monomer is a colourless liquid with a sweet odour. It is made from the raw materials ethylene, acetic Acid and oxygen. VAM has a tendency to polymerise spontaneously. For this reason, it is stabilised using hydroquinone in quantities specified by the customer. HELM offers its customers a strong and flexible supply chain thanks to good relationships with global suppliers and a distinctive tank and logistics set-up.

Examples of applications

Vinyl Acetate Monomer serves as the basis for numerous products of daily life. As a polyvinyl acetate (PVA), it is used for the production of dispersions for the construction industry as well as a component of adhesives. As polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) it is found in films for mobile phones and flat screens, as binders in the paint and varnish sector and also as a coating of textiles and paper. As a polyvinyl butyral (PVB), it plays an important role in the production of laminated safety glass for the automotive industry. Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is used in the manufacture of shoes and solar cells.

Packaging

  • Bulk in seagoing vessels / barges
  • Bulk in rail tank cars
  • Bulk in road tank cars
  • Bulk in iso tank containers

Characteristics

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